So I had been working at the kitchen of my son’s elementary school, but am doing so no longer. I’m back into full on art making mode! Woohoo!
A week ago, I made my first attempt at plein air painting for a VERY long time, at Francis Park in south St Louis. I was very drawn to an elderly crabapple tree, just starting to bloom. It was dark pink. It was a day with almost ridiculous wind (gusting up to 40 mph or more), so I needed to keep a low profile. Therefore I sat in a chair that was low to the ground, used no easel, and just painting a small piece. However, I was gobsmacked by all of the details, and quickly got overwhelmed and frustrated. After I brought the piece home, I knew it would need major work, but I had already filled in all the tooth in the paper. So I sprayed it heavily with workable fixative, and reworked it. As I already had a good structure in place, I had only to add some details. Here is what I ended up with. I love how pastel is so forgiving.